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Incarnate Word nets eighth state basketball title

Lisa Johnston  |  |  Twitter: @aeternusphoto

Incarnate Word Academy basketball team won the Division IV basketball championship against cross state rival St. Pius X from Kansas City with a score of 59-37.

Using superior quickness and intense pressure on defense, Incarnate Word Academy won its record-setting eighth state basketball championship on March 18, defeating St. Pius X High School of Kansas City 59-37.

Early on in the Class 4 contest, Incarnate Word’s rebounding stood out. St. Pius thrived on accurate shooting and ballhandling. In the second quarter, Incarnate Word took a 22-13 lead but St. Pius pushed forward, nearly evening the score at 22-21 at halftime.

Incarnate Word checks off key points to a winning season

The Incarnate Word Academy basketball team beat Parkway North 59-42. Incarnate Word’s Sonya Morris (11) defended against Parkway North’s Amaya Stovall.

A variety of players scoring. √

Young players improving. √

Strong rebounding, defense and free-throw shooting. √ √ √

Incarnate Word Academy's team is checking off what it needs for a fine season, and the team's 59-42 win vs. Parkway North Feb. 13 — the third from the last game of the regular season — was one example, pushing its record to 20-4. Parkway North, led by superb ball-handler Jadyn Pimentel, came into the game with a 17-4 record, including a 57-44 win over Kirkwood, which had defeated Incarnate Word earlier in the month.

CCVI congregational leader reflects on diversity, charism

Sister Teresa Maya, congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, visited Incarnate Word Academy during Mission Week. Her first stop at the school was to mingle through the Mission Carnival, an event which will raise money for the Down Syndrome Association of St Louis. Sister Tere gave her best attempt at the ball toss booth while students gathered around her.

Sister Teresa Maya of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word remembers watching the news in Ferguson unfold from the sisters' motherhouse in San Antonio, Texas, and wondered — worried, actually — how her community could make a difference.

One of the sisters' ministries, Incarnate Word Academy, is in the tiny village of Bel-Nor, about 10 minutes from Ferguson. The all-girls Catholic high school has been present there since 1932.

Incarnate senior credits God for leading her to twirling, diagnosis of rare medical condition

Incarnate Word Academy senior Julia Jones says baton twirling gives her a “freeing feeling.” Jones was diagnosed with Chiari malformation, in which the brain grows outside of the skull, crushing the spinal cord. This led to a second condition, Syringomyelia, the formation of a cyst in the spinal chord, leading to nerve damage.

Watching Julia Jones twirl a baton has a mesmerizing effect. The metal baton glides through her hands with ease and across her arms and shoulders, as she twists and spins to catch it with every toss.

Julia described it as a freeing feeling. "My mind goes completely blank and all I am doing is focusing on my baton," said the senior at Incarnate Word Academy.

After three-peat, Red Knights look to restructure


After Incarnate Word Academy breezed to its third consecutive state basketball title March 21, taking the Class 4 girls championship game 60-27 over Mary Institute-Country Day School, the focus turned to next season.

Coach Dan Rolfes will lose senior Napheesa Collier, who has been described as "unforgettable" and super talented by ESPN and by Rolfes as "no doubt" the best player ever in girls basketball in St. Louis. Her combination of skill, athleticism and size sets her apart, he said.

Incarnate Word wins state basketball title with ease

Incarnate Word basketball

Incarnate Word Academy breezed to its third consecutive state title March 21, taking the Class 4 girls championship game 60-27 over Mary Institute-Country Day School.

The Incarnate Word Red Knights, and Napheesa Collier in particular, seemed to have one thing on their mind — driving to the basket. It worked, with MICDS backpedaling most of the game. Collier scored 30 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Ivana Easley added 10 points.

"This is the best game we played all season," Collier said. "The ball was just finding me. Literally just falling into my lap some of the time."

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